Definitions for strike

Definitions for (noun) strike

Main entry: smash, smasher, strike, bang, hit

Definition: a conspicuous success

Usage: that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career; that new Broadway show is a real smasher; the party went with a bang

Main entry: strike

Definition: (baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders

Usage: this pitcher throws more strikes than balls

Main entry: strike, ten-strike

Definition: a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball

Usage: he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame

Main entry: strike

Definition: an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

Usage: the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn

Main entry: work stoppage, strike

Definition: a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions

Usage: the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled

Main entry: strike, tap, rap

Definition: a gentle blow

Definitions for (verb) strike

Main entry: strike

Definition: cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

Usage: strike an arc

Main entry: strike

Definition: arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing

Usage: strike a balance; strike a bargain

Main entry: strike

Definition: indicate (a certain time) by striking

Usage: The clock struck midnight; Just when I entered, the clock struck

Main entry: hit, strike

Definition: make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

Usage: The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939; We must strike the enemy's oil fields; in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2

Main entry: hit, strike

Definition: affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

Usage: We were hit by really bad weather; He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager; The earthquake struck at midnight

Main entry: strike, hit

Definition: produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically

Usage: The pianist strikes a middle C; strike `z' on the keyboard; her comments struck a sour note

Main entry: strike

Definition: pierce with force

Usage: The bullet struck her thigh; The icy wind struck through our coats

Main entry: hit, impinge on, collide with, strike, run into

Definition: hit against; come into sudden contact with

Usage: The car hit a tree; He struck the table with his elbow

Main entry: strickle, strike

Definition: smooth with a strickle

Usage: strickle the grain in the measure

Main entry: strike

Definition: deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

Usage: The teacher struck the child; the opponent refused to strike; The boxer struck the attacker dead

Main entry: scratch, strike, excise, expunge

Definition: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

Usage: Please strike this remark from the record; scratch that remark

Main entry: strike, mint, coin

Definition: form by stamping, punching, or printing

Usage: strike coins; strike a medal

Main entry: strike

Definition: produce by ignition or a blow

Usage: strike fire from the flintstone; strike a match

Main entry: affect, strike, move, impress

Definition: have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Usage: This child impressed me as unusually mature; This behavior struck me as odd

Main entry: strike, take, take up, assume

Definition: occupy or take on

Usage: He assumes the lotus position; She took her seat on the stage; We took our seats in the orchestra; She took up her position behind the tree; strike a pose

Main entry: strike, hit

Definition: drive something violently into a location

Usage: he hit his fist on the table; she struck her head on the low ceiling

Main entry: hit, strike, come to

Definition: cause to experience suddenly

Usage: Panic struck me; An interesting idea hit her; A thought came to me; The thought struck terror in our minds; They were struck with fear

Main entry: strike, fall upon, happen upon, discover, attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, light upon

Definition: find unexpectedly

Usage: the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb; she struck a goldmine; The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Main entry: strike, walk out

Definition: stop work in order to press demands

Usage: The auto workers are striking for higher wages; The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met

Main entry: strike, come to

Definition: attain

Usage: The horse finally struck a pace

Main entry: strike, shine, fall

Definition: touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

Usage: Light fell on her face; The sun shone on the fields; The light struck the golden necklace; A strange sound struck my ears

Visual thesaurus for strike